A MESSAGE FROM MR. JEFFREY SORTISIO, SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Fredonia Families,
Thank you for the warm welcome thus far as evidenced by comments on social media as well as the welcoming sign at the front of our campus! I am excited to serve in the capacity of Superintendent of the Fredonia Central School District. Your district - our district - has an outstanding reputation in Northern Chautauqua County as well as throughout Western New York. I certainly plan to work diligently to enhance our district’s reputation as one that expands opportunities for students, embraces all, and is a wonderful place to learn and work.
Prior to my arrival in Fredonia, I served as the Frontier High School Principal for nine years. We had great success in developing a culture of care and support. The results from the efforts of many can be seen in the improved atmosphere of the building and most certainly for the increase in academic success. There is an old adage that says, “Students--or people for that matter--don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This is an ideal I embrace in my daily work and life and certainly feel has a role in district leadership.
In addition to my experience at Frontier, I spent eleven years in the West Seneca School District. I was lucky enough to work as a high school assistant principal, high school counselor and middle school counselor in the district from which I graduated. Prior to working in West Seneca, I spent my first year as an educator with the Cleveland Hill School District.
My plan is to use these many years and experiences as an educator to enhance the Fredonia School District. Of course, before we can look at making improvements, it is very important for me to learn as much as I can about our schools and our community. Over the next several months I will be focusing on an entry plan that is designed to gather information that will assist in developing a long-term vision for our district. The progress of the entry plan will be shared with the Board of Education and the community at a future Board of Education meeting.
On a personal note, my wife Kim and I are the proud parents of three sons, two of whom will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall (a junior and a freshman) and our youngest will be entering his junior year of high school. Kim is a Science teacher at Dunkirk High School.
I look forward to the challenges ahead and to getting acquainted with students, staff and community members.
Jeffrey A. Sortisio
(716) 679-1581 x 2701